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“It’s us vs them”

Canadian Goose Landing 1This is why I love Mayor Bloomberg.

The mayor responding to questions about New York City’s plan to kill 18,000 Canadian geese to improve air safety:

“People are not going to stop flying and we have to make a decision. It’s geese or human beings.” And which faction does the mayor support in this inter-species warfare? “I can tell you where I come out on that. I don’t think you need a quote from me.”

[via New York Mag]

Your favorite posts from November

This month saw a surge in search-engine traffic. If you’re a new reader, welcome. I hope you enjoy the site! And if you’ve been reading for a while, THANK YOU and please consider commenting. I love comments—even the combative ones.

That being said, here were your most-read posts from November:

The graph the New York Times doesn’t want you to see (2nd month on list!) “Safety experts” and paternalistic editorial pages around the country are pushing to ban cell phones in cars. But there is one question none of them can answer: if cell phones are so dangerous, why are the roads safer than ever?

Judging by the tremendous number of Google hits this post is getting, I think Americans are looking for similar answers.

#10. Super Big Gulp (3rd month on the list!) There are some things that perfectly encapsulate the American spirit, and the Big Gulp is one of them. This post continues to get a constant stream of search-engine traffic.

MINUTEMEN UPDATE: Senate considering Coke tax (3rd month on the list!) People are concerned about taxing soda. After all, who wants to pay 32 cents more for a Big Gulp?

McDonald’s in America [progress] (2nd month on list!) A map of just how ubiquitous McDonald’s has become. Isn’t it beautiful?

Should we ban cell phones in cars? No. A no nonsense post full of facts and graphs about the relationship between cell phones and car crashes.

#20. Camel Crush Cigarettes [American innovation] (2nd month on list!) I’m not a smoker and I support smoking bans because they keep my dry-cleaning bill down. But that being said, Camel Crush Cigarettes are amazing and proof that American innovation is alive and well.

Thanksgiving is like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Here is how to beat it. In honor of America’s Greatest Holiday, here is a post about an excellent strategy guide devoted to navigating life’s all-you-can-eat buffet situations.

Is it time to ban carpooling? You know what is more dangerous than talking on the cell phone while driving? Being in a car full of screaming children. Perhaps it’s time we look at banning carpooling.

There is something dirty about Toronto [besides the Canadians who live there] I’ll admit, I’ve never lied Toronto. It is cold, desolate and totally lacking any charm whatsoever. Also, its mass transit system sucks. That being said, I was only too happy to repost alarming reports about Toronto’s tainted water system.

#19. KFC’s “Double Down Sandwich” There is only one thing to say after learning of a bacon, cheddar sandwich that uses two pieces of fried chicken as the bun: God Bless America!

Check out last month’s list as well.

Your favorite posts from October

This post is a little late this month because the first few days of November were quite hectic. I spent most of my time trying to get Mayor Michael Bloomberg—the guy who put credit-card machines in cabs and banned smoking in restaurants—re-elected.

But I’m back. And here are the top ten most-read posts of October:

The graph the New York Times doesn’t want you to see “Safety experts” and paternalistic editorial pages around the country are pushing to ban cell phones in cars. But there is one question none of them can answer: if cell phones are so dangerous, why are the roads safer than ever?

Judging by the tremendous number of Google hits this post is getting, I think Americans are looking for similar answers.

Forget the soda tax, it’s time for a salad tax! The food police want to tax your Big Gulp and take away your Double Down sandwich. But it turns out salads might be a bigger health risk. Why not tax them?

Is texting while driving dangerous? This piece looks at the numbers to see if texting-while-driving has led to a spike in car crashes. The answer is no, but look at my nifty graph.

#10. Super Big Gulp (2nd month on the list!) There are some things that perfectly encapsulate the American spirit, and the Big Gulp is one of them. This post continues to get a constant stream of search-engine traffic.

#20. Camel Crush Cigarettes [American innovation] I’m not a smoker and I support smoking bans because they keep my dry-cleaning bill down. But that being said, Camel Crush Cigarettes are amazing and proof that American innovation is alive and well.

MINUTEMEN UPDATE: Senate considering Coke tax (2nd month on the list!) People are concerned about taxing soda. After all, who wants to pay 32 cents more for a Big Gulp?

McDonald’s in America [progress] A map of just how ubiquitous McDonald’s has become. Isn’t it beautiful?

Is a “Coke Tax” a threat to Free Refills? (2nd month on the list!) A 1 cent per-ounce tax on soda would drastically change the economics of free refills. Might it spell the end of the most American of institutions?

What makes Europe Stink €2. Nescafé Instant Coffee (2nd month on the list!) Europeans are the biggest food snobs in the world. But they have a dirty little secret, they LOVE instant coffee. That’s why Starbucks developed VIA.

Making the world safe for free refills and decent coffee If you thought the map of McDonald’s in America was impressive, check out this one of Starbucks and McDonald’s locations across the globe. Looks like it is safe to go anywhere, save for most of Africa—and Iceland.

Check out last month’s list as well.

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